LSO Jerwood Composer+

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is a new programme that will support early career composers in programming, planning and delivering chamber-scale concerts in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme.

Two composers will be accepted onto the LSO Jerwood Composer+ programme each year for a 16-month placement with the LSO. The composers will each be given the opportunity to programme, plan and deliver two concerts at the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, enabling them to showcase new music by both themselves and other composers whilst gaining entrepreneurial skills through mentoring from key LSO staff. The concerts will make a substantial contribution to the diversity of the music programme for audiences at LSO St Luke’s.

Applications for September 2017

Applications are now closed.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ will support two composers in planning and running two concerts each in the Jerwood Hall at LSO St Luke’s, including work of their own developed through the programme.


  • LSO Jerwood Composer+ is open to UK-based early-career composers from all musical backgrounds
  • Composers studying full time are not eligible for the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme due to the time commitment required for this programme
  • All candidates must be either British national, studying in the UK (if part time) or resident in the UK for at least three years.
  • There is no upper age restriction, so if composers feel this offers a development opportunity then they are encouraged to apply
  • Current or previous Soundhub Associates and Members may apply to the LSO Jerwood Composer+ scheme
  • LSO Jerwood Composer+ composers will also become Soundhub Associates at the start of their acceptance on the 16 month scheme
  • It is possible to apply both to this programme and for Soundhub membership, if eligible, but if selected you may only participate in one, at LSO’s discretion


The programme will provide:

  • the opportunity to plan and deliver showcase concerts at LSO St Luke’s, giving participating composers creative freedom to explore classical and/or cross-genre collaborations and unconventional concert formats and timings to appeal to target audiences
  • support in developing showcase concerts through a bespoke programme of mentoring from key LSO staff, to build skills and experience in programming, event planning, budgeting, marketing, fundraising and evaluation
  • access to LSO composition workshops and masterclasses with established composers and LSO musicians
  • access to the facilities at LSO St Luke’s
  • mentoring from an established external music sector professional, such as a composition teacher, festival promoter, or media specialist

Applications are invited from exceptional early-career composers of any musical background who would like to gain entrepreneurial skills to support their professional development, work with world-class orchestral musicians and contribute to the concert programme for audiences at LSO St Luke’s. We particularly welcome applications from underrepresented groups. Applicants may not be in full time formal education or training.

LSO Jerwood Composer+ is generously supported by Jerwood Charitable Foundation.

Jerwood Charitable Foundation


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